Graduate Programs Coordinator
We offer two streams of training in school psychology:
- a two-year non-thesis comprehensive exam based MA degree, and
- a three-year thesis stream.
In both streams the objective is to provide excellent training in the principles and practices of school psychology, preparing students to deliver psychological services within the school community context.
This includes intensive training in various theoretical perspectives (e.g., biological, cognitive, social, etc.) regarding the development of positive mental wellbeing and the aetiology and treatment of psychological disorders, significant expert training in assessment and measurement and the implementation and evaluation of prevention and treatment programs and course content focused on instructional processes and school systems.
A particular strength of the program is the collaboration in training with Clinicians working in schools. The curriculum includes two supervised practica for the development of skills in assessment and intervention. By providing early and continuing placements in real-world, applied settings students very early on are able to apply their skills in practical and meaningful activities. Feedback from employers indicates that our students are well equipped to begin their careers with confidence and capacity, and to grow with the benefit of continuing education. The focus is on helping students become familiar with the best practices of data-based decision making and evidence-based interventions. We pay special attention to the diversity that characterizes the student population in Manitoba. For example, courses contain components that address issues such as the unique aspects of living and learning in rural and urban environments, ethnic and cultural diversity (especially the needs of Indigenous students) and the special needs of students who have physical, cognitive or emotional/behavioural disorders.